B-52's 60th anniversary
Today marks the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the B-52.
Still in operational use, I know this has been discussed before, but a record for a combat (non-transport or trainer) type.
One of my earliest memories as a very young boy at Larson AFB, (in the central Washington desert east of Seattle) is hearing B-52s being run in preparation to delivery to the Air Force. The huge eight-bay specially built hangar is still there, although not used for aviation uses.
I'll remember my flight in the late, 57-6477, a G model assigned the the the 92nd BW in early 1985. Almost 10 years later I got a chance to visit her at the Davis Monthan boneyard. It had been stripped and was waiting the final chop. I was probably the last person to have flown in her to visit the airframe. It's not hard to find stories of fathers and sons flying the type, and probably there is a grandson (or granddaughter) assigned to it as well.
Last edited by J Boyle; 15th April 2012 at 19:11.
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